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Caren Stelson is the author of Sachiko: A Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story and other works for children and young adults. To write Sachiko, Caren traveled to Nagasaki five times to interview Sachiko Yasui and research her story. Caren has had a long career in education, as a teacher, writer-in-residence and freelance writer. After receiving her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University in 2009, Caren decided it was time to write the stories that needed her attention. Caren and her husband Kim have two grown children. They split their time between home in Minneapolis and the small town of Lanesboro.


Read her interview with Roger Sutton of The Horn Book.


Book View Now host Rich Fahle talks with Caren Stelson at the Miami Book Fair.

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"The . . . calm, direct tone and the hopeful ending make this difficult, sophisticated material manageable for older elementary-school and middle-school children."

-Horn Book, Starred Review


"A heartbreaking but essential perspective on war and survival."

-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


"A powerful entry point for discussing the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the importance of peace and disarmament. Stunning."

-Booklist, Starred Review


A 2017 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award for books for older children  


A 2017 Minnesota Book Award finalist, Middle Grade Literature 

A 2016 Booklist Editors’ Choice


A 2016 Orbis Pictus Recommended book

Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature


A selection of the Junior Literary Guild


"Luminous, enduring, utterly necessary."

-Booklist, Starred Review (Sachiko)


"An essential addition to World War II biography collections for middle school students."

-School Library Journal, Starred Review (Sachiko)